Review: The Kashmir Files Is A Heart Wrenching Film Revealing Story Of Kashmiri Pandits In Multiple Narratives Leaves You In Dilemma… A Must Watch!

a sensation, emotion, a suppressed story, dark reality stirring the viewers' feelings with the audience coming out of the theatres with teary eyes. 

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Ever since the film, The Kashmir Files was announced and its posters, trailers were released it has found itself in immense controversy. But, despite all the hurdles the film had hit the theatres and turned to be not just any other film but a sensation, emotion, a suppressed story, dark reality stirring the viewers’ feelings with the audience coming out of the theatres with teary eyes.

The film starts with the communal unrest in the then state of Jammu and Kashmir back in the 90s when the ethnic Kashmiri pandits were forced, brutally, ruthlessly attacked by Islamic terrorists and was given just three options Convert, Run or Die. Amongst lakhs of Kashmiri Pandit’s families, one was of the Pushkarnath Pandit (Anupam Kher).

His son gets murdered by the terrorists and his daughter-in-law is forced to eat uncooked rice soaked in her dead husbands’ blood to save her life, his life, and his grandsons’ lives. And he flees from Kashmir to Delhi with his one grandson.

Then the film comes in the present timeline where Pushkarnath Pandit’s grandson Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumar) a university student and also a presidential candidate of the students’ youth wing comes to Kashmir after 30 years with Pushkarnath’s Ashes and he stays at Pushkarnath’s friend’s place Brahma Dutt (Mithun Chakraborthy) where his other three friends were also present. Brahma Dutt was an IAS officer, and the other three were police, a doctor, and a journalist.

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On one hand, Krishna is a ‘liberal’ youth leader mentored by his liberal professor Radhika Menon (Pallavi Joshi) who is against the revocation of article 370. But when he comes to Kashmir and meets his grandfather’s friends they try to show him the ‘real’ story of Kashmir and an exodus of Kashmiri Pandits which is termed by them as ‘genocide.’

And their narrative is that the Kashmiri pandits were left helpless and the state and central government back then did not bother about them and favored just one particular community. The antagonist in the film is Bitta (Chinmay Mandlekar) a commander of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

In the story told by the four friends of his grandfather, he finds out Bitta was the one who killed his elder brother, mother, and father. When he returns to Delhi to his college campus he is not the same liberal! The exodus of the Kashmiri pandit shown in the film is brutal and ferocious.

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Anupam Kher through his acting wins our hearts and makes us cry in the theatre, Pallavi Joshi best portrayed herself as the perfect Liberal And Darshan plays his part very well…

The multiple narratives shown in the film will leave you as a viewer in a dilemma of what has to be believed! the ones who are well aware of the past history and politics shall be able to decide for themselves well of which narrative to believe and what not to get swayed away with!